San Jose Advances - Red Bulls Are Out

A stellar game from Bobby Convey and the San Jose Earthquakes has ousted the New York Red Bulls from the MLS Cup playoffs.  Convey scored 2 goals and added an assist on Chris Wondolowski's game winner after being moved to left back as a result of an injury to Ramiro Corrales.  Jon Busch provided a few key saves, the biggest one being a second half kick save on Mehdi Ballouchy (although it helped that Ballouchy had the keeper 1v1 and shot the ball into his foot). 

The Red Bulls and their three designated players are eliminated in what probably is Juan Pablo Angel's last game as a New York player.  Seventeen year old rookie Juan Agudelo was very impressive for the Red Bulls at forward although he was substituted for Thierry Henry late in the match. 

Very entertaining match on ESPN2 shows some of the playoff haters why MLS has a playoff system to determine the champion.  New York added Henry and Marquez mid way through the season but never quite had enough time to mesh the whole thing together.  Henry's nagging injuries played a part in that issue. 

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  • That was a good game to watch. I can't understand though why Henry wasn't played sooner considering the sitution. Congrats to Busch and Ward. I'm extremely jealous that San Jose has a player producing like Wondolowski. That brings me to the Fire, who if they protect a poor player in John, they won't have a center forward for next year. Think were gonna see Klopas go Christmas shopping?

  • In reply to fire1020:

    He better have the shopping list out already.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    san jose defense was horrible. busch saved their butts so many times. well, that and NYRB mistakes on the final touches

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Busch, Ward and Ryan Johnson are all ex-fire players. Johnson would look good in red these days, but then again he looked useful the few times he played for the fire back then. Hard to get a game for him back then, but today would be a serious upgrade. How times change.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Good luck in the playoffs to our 3 X Fire players on SJ in the warm cali sun! Go SJ!!!

  • In reply to fire1020:

    FSC cancels the ill conceived Soccer Talk Live show......

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/2010-11-04-3280099548_x.htm

  • In reply to cesba:

    This show was uber lame but at least it's home grown and original programming. I'd rather watch it than the canned EPL stuff that gets stuffed in there. Not sure why they took off the Fone-In show.

    On a side note. Is this the last season for Dream Team? I was web searching for a plot summary and it looks like the season they are replaying is the last one made.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Cancelling FFF was a head scratcher in the first place.

    What???? You though guests like Susan Sarandon, Appollo Anton Ono, and Danny Trejo were lame??? ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Not as lame as Tamyrs Lane's goofy interaction with Fox's NFL show crew. Why did she ask Terry Bradshaw if he thought soccer players were sissies.

  • In reply to cesba:

    PLease bring back FFF

  • In reply to fire1020:

    FFF wasn't the greatest show in the world (and I watched it most every week), but it was miles better than the excrement otherwise known as Soccer Talk Live. The show was scheduled for 42 episodes. I am surprised that it lasted as long as it did.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    the best thing about FFF was that it provided one of the few outlets for soccer discussion with audience participation anywhere in mainstream media. with it gone there really isn't anything comparable, especially for MLS discussion. I'm a big fan of extra time radio but thats a different format.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    MLS DP News.....reports have surfaced that Houston is trying to pry Giovanni Dos Santos out of Tottenham.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Their goes my prediction I had the Galaxy and the Red Bulls in the MLS Cup championship except I had LA to win it all. If Colorado beats Columbus, you might see two former Fire goalkeepers going at it with Busch and Pickens battling each other(teammates in 2007).

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